Dare to be daring

Well, to keep it real, J and I dared each other to jump in the pool.

It was the last day of being open this summer and, we had it on pretty good authority (the pool life guards) that the water was around 60 degrees. And, that, my friends is NOT bath water!
We psyched ourselves up. And, decided that we would both do it. You know, just to make sure the photo evidence would be good.

So, here you have it. In all our pasty white glory- jumping in to water so cold it took my breath away. Enjoy. And, don't try this at home!

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Hi everyone! I know you are looking forward to seeing our most-recent daring feats!
But, to get the ball rolling, we have a sponsor! Yes, it's true. One of our talented friends has agreed to sponsor us.

What does that mean? Well, anyone who donates $50 they will get a great hand-made hat. And $75 will get you a stuffed animal. There will be 3 give-aways. You will receive one of her hand-made goodies. She is TALENTED people! She has an etsy account too. Take a look at all the beauties she makes!!!


So, many thanks to Holly for being interested in our cause. And, to those of you out there, who would like to do something similar, let me know!

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T's Marvelous Medicine

Have you ever read George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl? Well, it's one of my (M.) favorite stories. A boy named George is being watched over by his awful grandmother. He decides to make a potion out of household items. Well, things become crazy, of course, as the story unfolds.I watch kids during the day, and take our son with me. It's lots of fun and the little boy that I watch also likes "George's Marvelous Medicine". Are you seeing the plot unfold?

Well, I gave the little boy rules about what he couldn't put in the concoction (no harmful chemicals or things that would make me sick). But, he put in some crazy stuff. And, then he dared me (for free) to drink a sip.

ingredients: 2% milk, water, sugar, cinnamon (sounds good, right?...just wait...) lemon juice, lime juice, and tobasco sauce.

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We have been working on a new site that will accommodate more dares and provide a way for people to pool their money together toward bigger dares. Part of the new site will be a redesign and I just put together a header image for the top of the page. I wanted to see what you all thought about it. As soon as we get everything put together, we'll announce it to a couple of other blogs that have been wanting to do a story about us. We'll let you know when that all happens

Please comment with any feedback of stuff you would like to see on the new site.

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$15 dare... The "Butt Cup"

I think I will forego the witty commentary on this one and just get to it. The dare was to spin 100 times in the "Butt Cup." Will J throw up? Does M have any sympathy for me after having to do the wasabi dare? Don't know what the "Butt Cup" is? Click on through for answers to all of these questions.

$15 for this dare. Thanks Mark, Holly, and Noah! We "enjoyed" your dare.

Tune in next time for sunscreen, naked backs, and uncomfortable interactions with strangers.

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The excitement is growing!

We know you are all waiting on the edges of your seats, wanting to know what M. and J. are up to. We have received 4 dares and are now ple-anning (that's preparing and planning) and scheming. We think you'll really love them. Click on to read about our thought process...

-What would be the most interesting for our loyal fans?
-How do we film something like this?
-Do we have all the needed supplies?
-How are we going to do with this kind of weather?

All these and more questions are always on our minds.

So, please be sure to come back to visit our blog. Or, click on the RSS feed button to know when we've updated. We sure are grateful to those of you who are following us and have made donations/dares! We recently got contacted by a group that highlights DC blogs. So, we'll link to that when the interview happens. Also, one of M's favorite adoption blogs might pick up our story too!! Remember, no donation is too small!

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$20 dare - Eat a Ball of Wasabi

Has anyone noticed that M is the one that has been doing most of these dares? I'm not going to tell her and see if she notices.

Bruce, from Utah, offered M $20 if she would eat a marble-sized ball of wasabi. Did she do it? Yes! And with gusto! Watch the video to see the whole thing and click on to learn more about wasabi.
We get wasabi from the wasabi root which is in the same family as mustard and horseradish. Wasabi actually does its work more in the nasal passages than on the tongue. In fact, it has similar effects to smelling salts and has even been tested as a fire alarm for the deaf. The Japanese love it so much that they have to import some to supplement the amount they grow. Traditionally, the root is ground using a dried shark skin.

I hope our family and friends are enjoying this blog. It seems like a fun way to keep up with us. We don't use twitter even though tweets like, "just ate a ball of wasabi" and "just sent a slinky down the western hemisphere's longest escalator" would be fun to read.

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$30 dare - slinky and the western hemisphere's longest escalator

Alright, here is the video I promised. As mentioned before, Melissa M. dared us to launch a slinky on the western hemisphere's longest escalator, which is DC's own Wheaton stop on the metro's red line. It is 240 feet long and takes nearly three minutes to ride! Read on for the night's details.

We used this dare as an opportunity to have a night out. We let Melissa M. herself babysit our little guy and ate at one of our favorite restaurants, Thaiphoon. We hopped on the metro and encountered some girls doing a fabulous rendition of "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat."

We arrived at Wheaton and the escalator really scared M. She felt as if she would tumble down to the bottom at any time. She thought it was a little crazy being on moving stairs for that long and not getting off. The results of the experiment were not really what I had hypothesized. Click on the video to see what happened.

In case you were wondering, the world's longest escalator is at the Park Pobedy station in the Moscow metro system and is almost twice as long, at 410 feet, as the Wheaton station escalator.

Tune in next time to see the story of M and some wasabi.

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Slinky Teaser

Our second dare and video has been completed. But for some reason, youtube is taking it's sweet time posting it. So, be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, click "read more" to get a sneak preview about our most recent dare.

Melissa M. dared us for $30 to launch a slinky down the western hemisphere's longest escalator. We made the trip up to the Wheaton stop on the DC metro system and did just that. What happened? You'll have to wait and see. Hopefully very soon. In the meantime, let's all send some vibes to youtube telling them to upload my video.

Oh, by the way... I am getting a couple of other dares in. One friend wants Misty to eat what is called a Huhu grub for thirty dollars. Aaron O. wants me to shave my head and beard and possibly his name into my scalp. What do you think that one is worth?

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Don't have the money? Give us a challenge!

Don't have the money to back your dare? That's OK. Tell us your idea and we can pair it with someone who has the money. No worries! We're flexible here at "Dare me D.C"! We're also willing to accumulate small payments to do one big dare! So, go ahead, tell ALL your friends about us! And, add us to your blogroll. Visit us often, we plan on updating as frequently as possible. Want us to jump in the frigid waters of the Potomac? Show me the money!

Photo courtesy of blog.christmasinorlando.com
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Dare #1... Toothpaste and Orange Juice - $5

For $5, Mary, a good friend we knew when we lived in Cincinnati dared me to drink a glass of OJ directly after brushing my teeth. Nasty!

So what does this look like? Well, we took some photos for your enjoyment. For some reason, Asher wanted to join in on the "fun" so we have those pictures as well. Read more to see them!

Coincidentally, I recently heard a podcast from howstuffworks.com that told me why OJ tastes so bad after brushing. The culprit is likely sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) which is the stuff that makes your toothpaste froth when brushing. Evidently, these suds block the sweet detecting buds on our tongue and destroy the phospholipids that normally block your bitter receptors. This creates the perfect storm for orange juice. The sweetness of the orange is blocked and whatever bitterness in the orange is unleashed.

Mission complete! Totally worth the $5. So, what else you got for us? By the way, M is completely scared of roller coasters. I even asked her if she would ride one if someone offered $3500 and she emphatically stated, "no!" So, keep that in mind. :)


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Do you dare me to...

...eat a balut?  (look it up, it doesn't look too appetizing) 
...welcome a stranger home at the airport?
...play "whoever has a sticker under their chair wins a prize" game on the subway or other public place?
...show up at a mattress store in my pajamas and a teddy bear and take a nap?
...dress as Washington and welcome people to "my" monument?

How much are these worth seeing to you? Just more thoughts to start you thinking.

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Ideas for dares:

Just to get the ideas flowing, here are some dares that we would accept:

-run around my block, in my swimming suit
-dress up like a clown and give people balloons
-hug random people
-eating really hot sauce ( I'm a wimp...)
(I'm thinking...)

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